Celebrate Earth Day the Wild Way

Photo courtesy Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

“Dance to the music and engage in hands-on science” to kick-off Earth Day festivities at Wild Earth Day this Saturday, April 18.

Boulder County’s largest Earth Day event, Wild Earth Day runs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center in Nederland. Now in its 14th year, 600 – 1,000 visitors are expected. Admission is free.

With musical performances like those given by the teen musicians of Vana Vedu Marimba Ensemble, you can’t help but dance. See them live and in action here. In addition to Vana Vedu Marimba Ensemble, live musical performances include:

  • The inspirational multimedia show “What Can I Do?” by local singer and guitarist, Laurie Dameron, and
  • Music powered by bicycles with Energi Simple

A special interactive story features “The Queen of Dreams,” and told by Shepherd Valley’s Katrina Pratt.

Photo courtesy Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

Photo courtesy Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

Hands on experiential activities are led by:

This year’s highlight is the unveiling of the interactive exhibit depicting the story of Alice in Mountain Wonderland, which is made up of found-object sculptures by renowned sculptor and painter Marlyn Cheshes.

WildEarth-6749-croppedOther activities include making solar baked cookies, meeting live raptors including a Great Horned Owl and Red-tailed Hawk, and learning about how to live sustainably and protect our natural resources.

Families are encouraged to walk, bike, run, carpool or bus to this zero-waste event with EcoCycle. Wild Earth Day is sponsored by the Scientific and Cultural Facility District, Carousel of Happiness, Seagate Technology, BackCountry Pizza, Energi Simple and local businesses.

So Go

Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 11 a.m – 4 p.m. at the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, Nederland Colorado.

See the full schedule.

How Earth Day Got Started

Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970, when he launched the first annual “environmental teach-in.” In 1990, this idea became international and Earth Day events were organized in 141 nations.

This year Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22.

Watch for our listing of ‘things to do’ next Wednesday to celebrate.

 

 

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